About the Author and Artist

Joel Carter is an accomplished Palliative Care specialist, author, storyteller and artist. Carter transitioned to Palliative Care in 2002 after being awarded a Bush Medical Fellowship by the Archibald Bush Foundation to pursue interests in End of Life Medicine and Physician Leadership. He completed his fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University and training at the Physician Leadership College at the University of St. Thomas. He currently is medical director of a palliative care program in Minneapolis where he treats patients and lectures on various topics related to end of life care.

Carter’s clinical interests include the use of storytelling and narrative as they pertain to the psychosocial aspects of dying patients and their families. He has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest and the Annals of Emergency Medicine. He is the author of two previously published books including “Lava Lamp Lessons – writings, stories, and other free associations” and “Rockpeople – "The Chester Creek Inuksuit Anthology” which recently sold-out.

Carter previously worked as an Emergency Room Doctor in Duluth, Minnesota. Born in Winnipeg, he received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada specializing in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. He and his wife, along with their two beautiful children currently live in Minneapolis.